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Last updated: 25 May 2020
Date:lundi 22 janvier 1962
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Compagnie:Transaéreos de la Corporación Boliviana de Fomento
Immatriculation: CP-541
Numéro de série: 33579
Année de Fabrication: 1945
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 6 / à bord: 6
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Caranavi Airport (   Bolivie)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:Caranavi Airport (SLVI), Bolivie
Aéroport de destination:?
At 14:35 Curtiss C-46 CP-541 was boarded. The takeoff had to be postponed due to some problems and associated repair of the propeller governor of no. 2 engine. A preflight engine test was carried out, which was satisfactory. After rolling 190 m during takeoff the plane veered left and then gradually to the right where it rang along the edge. The right wing tip was well outside the boundary of the 26,5 m wide runway. The right main gear went off the runway and into a drainage. At the 496 m point of the takeoff run the right wingtip struck an adobe wall and was detached from the wing. The takeoff run was continued and at the 580 m point the plane became airborne. The no. 2 engine propeller then cut a tree (6in in diameter) located at the 707 m point. The Curtiss continued to be airborne with a right bank increasing to between 65 and 70 degrees. The right wing then struck some trees 15 m in height resulting in the aircraft crashing nose down into the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot error in failing to discontinue takeoff, even after the right wing tip hit the well and broke off, while the aircraft was on the ground during the takeoff run."

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (9-11)


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